EDC Events

The EDC organise several community events each year:

Table of Upcoming Events

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Our Annual Early Dance Festival

We host a community-focused dance history festival each year; enthusiasts and professionals from across our community perform for each other’s pleasure. A list of our previous festivals can be found here.

The 39th Early Dance Circle Festival

21 – 23 October 2022

The 39th EDC Festival for 2022 will take place in the lovely Victoria Hall in Tring, Hertfordshire (Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AA) on 21 – 23 October. The Booking leaflet is available here.

Tring High Street photo by Robert Stainforth

Our Annual Lecture

We host a popular dance history lecture each year. An archive of information on our previous lectures can be found here. What follows are details of our next Lecture.

EDC Annual Lecture 2022

Carlos Blanco: Spanish Dance Treatises of the 16th &17th centuries: Do they fill a gap between the Renaissance and the Baroque?

7:30 pm GMT, Friday 11 March 2022, over Zoom

We just have five sources about early dance in Spain, and only one is a proper treatise. It is this scarce information enough for us to recognise a specific Spanish style? Did the Renaissance in Spanish dancing last longer than in the rest of Europe? Which dances did Philip II dance? Too many questions — how many answers can we achieve?

Carlos Blanco holds degrees from the University of Zaragoza and the Theatre Institute of Barcelona. He has been a dance teacher since 1982, at the Nonsuch Summer School for 15 years and then directing the Spanish equivalent for 8 more. Carlos has taught teachers in conservatoires, drama schools and universities throughout Spain, always in departments of Music and Movement. He has choreographed for TV and stage and managed important public events. Carlos fondly remembers a BBC children’s show about the Elizabethan period, led by Nonsuch, for which he got a Blue Peter badge. He has translated and edited Peggy Dixon’s first volume of instructional books and written two entries about dance for the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture (Routledge, 1999). He writes for the Spanish magazine Danza en Escena, and runs a YouTube Channel — Danza Histórica en la Europa cortesana. This covers court dancing from the Middle Ages to the 19th C, including interviews with experts. He aims to dignify Early Dance and help wider audiences learn about its riches.

The lecture recording is now available at the EDC YouTube Channel

Our Biennial Conference

The EDC hosts a major dance history conference every two years. Proceedings are published and an archive of information on our previous conferences can be found here.


Retrieving & Reconstructing the Past through Dance

6 – 8 May 2022 (postponed from 2020)

The Conference will bring international specialists on historical dance topics spanning six centuries of dance history in the delightful surroundings of St Katharine’s Retreat House. The list of confirmed contributors and topics is included in the Booking Form.

This will be our first Conference for two years and it should be one of the most interesting. There is a wide range of topics and activities on offer. Please see the booking form for details.

The proceedings of the EDC Conference 2018 “PERCEPTION AND RECEPTION OF EARLY DANCE”, which was held 18 – 20 May 2018 at St Katharine’s, Parmoor are now available to order. Please see more details HERE.

Special Events:

We host and collaborate on other events from time to time. These can include workshops, study days and additional lectures, as the opportunities arise. Many such projects are undertaken in collaboration with another organisation, do get in touch with us if you have a joint project in mind. An archive of information on our previous special events can be found here. What follows are details of our next Special Event.

While waiting for the Conference please read the lecture by Professor Margaret McGowan “The Interplay of Professional and Amateur Dancers in Early Modern Festivals” presented online on Friday 28 May 2021 at 8:00 pm BST. THE TEXT OF PROFESSOR MCGOWAN’S LECTURE IS NOW AVAILABLE.


The 2020 Celebration of the Music & Dance of Ignatius Sancho

Monday December 14

The premiere of the programme was on the EDC Facebook page and YouTube channel, it remains available to watch now. You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOnjOprUWs0.

The Early Dance Circle has prepared a special programme of dance and music composed by Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729 – 14.12.1780) on 14 December 2020.

Sancho is famous nowadays as a man of letters and the first African to vote in a British election. Now you can enjoy reconstructions of Sancho’s choreographies and music by the Hampshire Regency Dancers, Quadrille Club and Green Ginger, as well as discussions and interviews with some knowledgeable experts on his career:

Meryl Thomson (Green Ginger), who recently recorded the CD “Dances for a Princess”. Paul Cooper, a specialist in Regency dance, who has worked a good deal on Sancho. Sally Petchey, author of a recent book about the life and dances of Ignatius Sancho: Dances for a Princess, humbly dedicated (with permission) to the Princess Royal by Her Royal Highnesses Most Obedient Servant Ignatius Sancho.